Shiny new ideas for a shiny new year

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Hi! I know… it’s been a while. I’ve been a bit distracted from regular posting due to a chaotic December followed by a an influx of shiny new project ideas.

Soon, I hope to share artwork from a new graphic novel project and a freelance logo project I’m working on. Right now I’m knee-deep in concepts that simply aren’t ready show yet. So instead, I’m getting back on the blog wagon with a blast from the past. This is a piece I did 6-ish years ago. I guess you could call it a surreal, abstract, mixed-media piece. I used markers, pens and pencil.

Worlds within Worlds by Sheri Roloff

As a result of my shiny new idea syndrome, my NaNoWriMo novel will be marinating for a while – which I think is ok. I’m hoping it’ll give me a fresh perspective when I return to it. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to sharing my new projects as they come to fruition.

Happy belated 2016!  I hope your creative projects – new and old – are evolving in exciting new ways.

NaNoWriMo success!

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I managed to finish my first-ever NaNoWriMo attempt by the skin of my teeth. Thanks to an 8K day on Sunday, November 29, I eked out the remaining 1.5K on November 30. Phew! So, with my October pre-NaNo writing, I have about 55,000 words so far.

I exported the manuscript from Scrivener and printed it as it stands right now just to feel the physical weight of the words. And so I could drop 240 binder-clipped pages onto a desk and hear a satisfying thud.

NaNoWriMo results

This manuscript requires a lot more love and attention of course. I skipped around in an effort to crank out whatever scenes I could at the time. Fortunately, this is easy to do in Scrivener. So there’s a beginning, middle and end, but there are several holes. Next step: read through what I have and make a missing scene list. Then I’ll crank those out, and then comes serious editing time.

My other (completely different) writing project involves impostor squirrel. And I look forward to creating and sharing more sketches of him in the future!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? How did it go? Please share in the comments below.

NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

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This year I’m taking the plunge and participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Truth be told, I’ve never technically tried writing an entire novel before, let alone writing one in 30 days. So I feel a lot like this astronaut cat…floating in the abyss with a vague look of concern.

Astronaut Cat by Sheri Roloff

But I’m also really excited! I’ve been prepping my characters, plot and setting, and my outline is nearly complete. (I have a couple loose ends to tie up before November 1, but I’m close!) And for some crazy reason, I think I can do this.

Anyway, you likely won’t hear from me this November since I’ll be doing my darnedest to crank out 50,000 words. But hopefully a victory post will mark the end of this journey.

Good luck to all the other NaNoWriMo-ers out there!

New art, Halloween fun and writing shenanigans

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Happy Halloween, everyone! To celebrate, I’d like to share two new art pieces presented by some of my bolder costume-clad coworkers.

Matt emanates a bit of pirate essence on an average day, but today he was particularly convincing. He’s pictured here contemplating “Treasure on Bearhead Island,” which is, obviously, of particular interest to him.

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For the Breaking Bad fans out there, I think you’ll appreciate Tom’s hazmat suit ensemble, which is also a great backdrop for “Molecular Entropy.”

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I’d like to add that upon arriving at work this morning, I was handed this tiny 2” x 2” zip-lock bag filled with some pretty sketchy-looking rock candy.

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So yeah, another great day on the copy team! Crazy writers…

Speaking of crazy writers, tomorrow is the first day of NaNoWriMo – 50,000 words in 30 days. Some of my coworkers are attempting this great feat, but not I. Instead, I’m attempting the less popular, but still nerdy-cool, PiBoIdMo – Picture Book Idea Month – one new picture book idea per day for the entire month of November.

I’m excited because my awesome picture book critique group is all participating. I’m hoping the peer pressure will help me stick with it! If you’d like to join the PiBoIdMo fun, sign up here.

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Happy November!